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Why purchase this Ionian City of Priene AE15 from the private collection of a Prince?
Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha led a long and distinguished career, serving in positions including ambassador and commissioner of the Ottoman Empire, and Prince of the Island of Samos. He began studying and collecting ancient coins while a commissioner in Berlin, a passion which amounted to a hoard of about 630 mostly Greek and Roman coins. This AE15 (bronze, 15 mm) coin issued by the ancient Ionian City of Priene, 3rd-2nd Centuries BC, is certified as part of Pasha's remarkable collection.
Classic Greek Imagery
The Greek goddess of war and wisdom, Athena, is featured on the obverse, facing right, head adorned with a crested Corinthian helmet, surrounded by a beaded border.
A superbly struck two lined Greek inscription representing the name of the magistrate appears on the reverse, at the center of a maeander. The maeander is a decorative border created from a single continuous line, shaped into a repeating design; a common element in Greek and Roman art, its origin believed to be from the intricately twisting and turning path of the Maeander River in Asia Minor.
Exceptionally Graded Ancient Bronze Coin
This AE15, struck 3rd-2nd Centuries BC for the Ionian City of Priene, received a grade of Ch VF, Choice Very Fine (Sheldon Scale grade of 30-35), from the ancient coin division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, NGC Ancients. The coin will exhibit virtually complete detail with significant wear on the highest points of the coin. Continued review of the coin by NGC resulted in the further special designation of Star (*), which is given for impressive visual appeal of the design, based upon a strike, surface, or style of outstanding quality. Your coin will arrive in the story vault holder you see above.
This ancient bronze coin from a royal collection belongs in yours!
|Year of Issue:||3rd-2nd Centuries BC|